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50 Words for Kate Bush’s ’50 Words for Snow’

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50 Words for Snow

Everyone better hold off on writing those Best Albums of 2011 lists, because a last-minute disc has swooped in and stolen the hearts of music critics everywhere: Kate Bush's '50 Words for Snow', the British singer's first album of original music since her equally well-received 'Aerial' in 2005. There isn't a single negative review for the album on Metacritic, as '50 Words for Snow' has garnered every praiseworthy, multi-syllabic  adjective imaginable. (Seriously, reading reviews for this album is like studying for the SATs.) As Bush sings on title track, there are 50 words for snow in the Eskimo-Aleut language, so here are 50 words, from the keyboards of music critics, to describe '50 Words for Snow':

Pitchfork:
1. beguiling
2. subtle
3. blizzard-y

EW
4. stunning
5. gorgeous

BBC
6. profound
7. jolting
8. cold
9. absurd

Spin
10. diaphanous
11. spooky
12. languorous
13. somnambulant

Los Angeles Times
14. elegance
15. ethereal
16. precious
17. illuminated

Paste
18. pillowy
19. radiating
20. luxurious
21. airy
22. wintry

Boston Globe
23. serene
24. glacier
25. elegy

Slant
26. dense
27. icy
28. bizarre
29. erotic
30. hushed
31. magnificent

Drowned in Sound
32. spectacular
33. immense
34. monomaniacally
35. precise
36. incomparable

The Guardian
37. humping
38. peculiar
39. inscrutable
40. extraordinary

The Quietus:
41. impressionistic
42. whimsical
43. striking
44. strangeness

The Telegraph
45. heartworn
46. warmth
47. chilling

OutKast's Big Boi:
48. somber
49. raw

And from the one less-than-exemplary (but still positive) review on Metacritic:
50. disappointing

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